CBC’s As it Happens hosted REACH Nexus Director Dr. Sean B. Rourke to talk about the Nov. 3, 2020 approval of Canada’s first HIV self-test, largely thanks to REACH Nexus’s research.
“Canada has approved its first self-test for HIV, and fewer undiagnosed Canadians will “fall through the cracks” as a result, says scientist Sean Rourke. Health Canada on Monday granted a medical device licence to B.C.-based bioLytical Laboratories for a finger-prick HIV blood test that provides results in just one minute.
Rourke, a scientist with the Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, was the principal investigator of a study that helped the test get approved. He says it could be a game changer in a country where, despite major advancements in HIV prevention and treatment, HIV rates are on the rise.”
See the full piece and listen to the interview on CBC.ca.